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How will my answers be used?

Tickbox The report 

The information you and your nursery provide will be used by the ScotCen Social Research to write a report that sums up the views of everyone who took part.

The Government, local authorities and childcare practitioners will use the report to help find ways to provide better support for parents.

If you are interested in reading about the findings from earlier phases of the study, the Phase 1 report can be accessed here:

Phase 1 report: Scottish Study of Early Learning and Childcare

Envelope With Lock Will my answers remain confidential?

Yes, your information will remain confidential under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and other legislation. The results collected are used for research purposes only. You will never receive any junk mail as a result of speaking to us. We never pass on your details to other organisations for commercial purposes.

Question MarkData linkage

Your responses and those from your child’s nursery will be put together and linked to administrative data on the child’s health and education, including information on things like their vaccination record and early development. This saves us asking you for this information. This will be done securely using your child’s name, date of birth and home postcode, by the electronic Data Research and Innovation Service (eDRIS), part of NHS Scotland. We will not have access to information from your GP or other health data that is not relevant to this study.

If you, or someone else on behalf of your child, took part at Phase 1 of the study, your child’s name, date of birth and home postcode will also be used to connect any information provided at that stage with the information you and your child’s nursery provide in the questionnaires for this stage. Only children who were receiving state-funded placements or were referred by the local authority when they were aged two were included at Phase 1. We do not have information from Phase 1 about any other children.

Find out more about how your data will be processed and protected by looking at the privacy notice.